Not everyone wants to be the background music for a political campaign, and John Mellencamp knows that all too well.
He recently (re)shared his sentiments with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, exclaiming that he is a supporter of union rights and wants Walker to remember that during his campaign. This may not come as a shock since Mellencamp was not shy to explain why he is not a fan of his song "Small Town" being used for the Republican's campaign in 2012, either (kinda sounds familiar, right?).
"He's a very liberal person," Mellencamp's publicist Bob Merlis said of the singer in 2012. "He appeared at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. His wife at the time was a delegate at large. He's very pro-collective bargaining and the fight for a living wage."
Mellencamp is far from being alone on this one. Here are five more musical acts that had to pull the plug on politicians using their songs:
1. Pity the Fool: Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich was sued by '80s rock band Survivor to stop using their 1982 hit "Eye of the Tiger" from the Rocky III soundtrack to pump up the crowds at his campaign rallies.
2. Bon Jovi (Un)approved: In 2008, Jon Bon Jovi spoke out against Sarah Palin appropriating his band's jams for her campaign trail. "We are surprised to hear that our song 'Who Says You Can't Go Home' was used by the McCain campaign at rallies yesterday and today," the rocker had said in a statement. "We wrote this song as a thank you to those who have supported us over the past 25 years."
3. McCain Strikes Again: Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne sued the presidential hopeful for using his song "Running on Empty" in a campaign ad without his permission. McCain claimed the Hall of Famer was filing a lawsuit just to get a publicity boost.
4. And Again: McCain seemed to be striking out with the music community after the Foo Fighters issued a statement demanding the GOP presidential contender stop using their 1998 hit "My Hero" at campaign rallies. "This isn't the first time the McCain campaign has used a song without making any attempt to get approval or permission from the artist. It's frustrating and infuriating that someone who claims to speak for the American people would repeatedly show such little respect for creativity and intellectual property," they said in a statement.
5. International Blunder: Yup, it even happens overseas. Indie duo MGMT have demanded compensation from French President Nicolas Sarkozy for using their song "Kids" in two online videos and at his party's national congress in 2009.
Originally published Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 8 p.m.